Chaplin and Beyond

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.Have you ever seen a silent film? If you have, most likely you have seen a Charlie Chaplin film. But, if you haven't or you would like to see more, now is your chance.

.Have you ever seen a silent film? If you have, most likely you have seen a Charlie Chaplin film. But, if you haven't or you would like to see more, now is your chance. From September 23rd – 25th, Denver is going to have its first annual, "Denver Silent Film Festival." Films that will be shown at the festival include two Charlie Chaplin films, "The Kid" and "The Immigrant," along with new silent films, short comedies, and more.

 

Although Chaplin is one of the most recognized silent film actors, there is more to silent films than slap-stick humor. The silent film festival will show some of these other films, but Charlie Chaplin and the short comedies are still probably the most appealing silent films for children. Those films are much like the cartoons of today, like "Tom & Jerry," where there is little to no talking, so what the characters do is what gets all the laughs.

 

In case you didn't know, movies have been around for over 100 years, and when they originated they didn't have color or sound. Because of this, the festival will be showcasing live musicians, during the Chaplin films. It has been said that silent films transcend language barriers, and I think it can also be said that they surpass time barriers as well, because many silent movies still appeal to kids from the 21st century.

 

If you are interested, the fest will be taking place at the King Center on the Auraria Campus. Tickets prices are: $10.00 for adults, $8.00 for seniors (over 50 years), $5.00 for students (with an ID), and free for children 6-12 years old. Unfortunately, children under 6 are not permitted.) More information on the festival can be found at http://denversilentfilmfest.org/. See you there!